2017 Results

Round 1: Manchester Mosquitoes 32.24.216 def. Tyne Tees Tigers 1.6.12

Round 2: Manchester Mosquitoes 36.21.243 def. Merseyside Saints 0.7.7

Round 3: Manchester Mosquitoes 30.34.214 def. Huddersfield Rams 2.12.24



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Manchester win 2014 AFLCNE Grand Final

2014 Premiership Photo

Manchester Mosquitoes defeated Huddersfield Rams 15.17.107 vs 9.14.68, 26/07/2014 at Sheffield Tigers RUFC.


Quarter by quarter scores were (Mozzies vs Rams):

3.2.20 vs 3.4.22

6.8.44 vs 7.6.48

10.12.72 vs 8.9.57

15.17.107 vs 9.14.68


Sam Boyd (Manchester) was deservedly voted Best On Ground by umpires Peter Cleveland and Ian Fabio Kafka. Congratulations to Alex Salama on taking the league golden boot, and since it’s no longer a secret, the Mozzies’ Golden Boot too! 52 goals in the home and away season alone.

Ryan Bower of Sheffield took overall league Best and Fairest for the year, with Birmingham’s Sam Willatt taking the Best Brit award.


Thanks to Sheffield for hosting the Grand Final, and well done to Huddersfield who provided a great battle of a final which had a bit of everything from any spectator’s perspective. See you all next year or at our 4th Nathan Blakey Movember Cup later this year.


In the meanwhile, here’s the Coaching Group’s player review for 2014:

N. Wheeler – Limited starts this season due to other engagements however played what was probably his best ever game against Sheffield at Burnage. Loves the contest and offers the side a steadying influence in defence, but has also shown a propensity to play forward. A good decision maker who never shirks the physical contest. Line ball as to whether he intends to play on in 2015 but would still have plenty to offer if he does and could still yet play a key role in a Grand Final.

D. Alder – Mobile utility who as a first year player within the sport had a huge impact at the Mozzies. Fearless in his attack on the ball and a ferocious tackler, reads the play well and has an excellent pair of hands. Shapes as an on field leader in 2015 such is his respect within the club. Feared by opponents, not only for his unrelenting attack on the ball, but for his ability to influence the outcome of matches. Already in the top echelon of ruckman in the league but equally adept in the back half. An excellent club man who is not afraid to lead by example in all aspects of training and match play. Could also offer a new and highly potent avenue to goal in 2015.

C. Britton – Joined the club from rivals Birmingham and brought with him a relentless approach to pursuing the ball. One of our most consistent players all year. Possesses explosive speed and is a fearless competitor. Deceptively strong overhead, he uses the ball intelligently and became a proven goal kicker from the get go. Amongst the toughest and most courageous players in the league who never backs away from a physical contest. Without “Nuggett” in our midfield, particularly earlier in the season when we were beset with injuries, it is unlikely that we would have found ourselves in such a dominant position as the season progressed. Another player who seems ready for an on field leadership role should the opportunity present itself.

M. Wielgosz – Struggled to get on the park early in the year with a back complaint but once able to take the field relished the opportunity to play a roaming role across half forward as opposed to playing out of the square. Strong in the contest, he is an excellent user of the ball, regularly impacting the scoreboard. Often attracting the opposition’s number one defender he was rarely, if ever, beaten. One of the most influential big game players in the history of the club who probably saved two of his best performances for the year in the semi final and grand final. Departs the club as a three time premiership player, premiership captain / coach and all time club leading goal kicker. There have been few, if any, more influential players in the league. Will be very difficult to replace in 2015.

M. Hudson – Another first year player who had a massive impact at the club from his very first game. Possesses explosive closing speed, regularly running down opponents with a tackling technique that was rarely escaped from. A capable ruckman, but looks best suited to a key defensive role. Excelled in his first ever finals series shutting down key opponents in consecutive weeks. Strong overhead, he reads the play well and appears to have developed greater confidence in his disposal skills as the season has progressed. Already a very formidable player, he should develop into an elite player within the league in 2015. “Huddo” is one of the players to watch next year.

S. Boyd – In just his second season in the sport, Boydy has elevated himself to within the top 3 players in the league and quite possibly the country. A unique character whose relaxed approach belies the fierce and relentless competitor within. Explosive across the ground, dynamic in the air and the clubs best tackler, Boydy played in a new midfield role this season with stints in defence and in the ruck. Near impossible for opposition sides to match-up on, he can act as a run with player or simply be let loose to control the outcome of the game. His kicking skills have improved markedly, as has his understanding of the sport. His superb finals performances that culminated in his winning the best on ground award in the Grand Final displayed his irreplaceable value to the side. Boydy’s composure under pressure stands as an example to all who play alongside him. Hard to see a better player in the league, indeed the U.K, next year.

S. O’Callaghan – A new arrival in 2014 that had an instant impact on the team (and opposition) with his fearless attack on the ball. Sets the example on the training track and places high expectations upon himself and his colleagues when on the field. One of the league’s top defenders who possibly needs the challenge of a new role in 2015. Pivotal to the Mozzies game plan all year on account of his kicking skills and ability to read the flight of the ball when the opposition kicked forward. “ Scuba” reads the play exceptionally well, is excellent overhead and never gets flustered under pressure. Not afraid to tuck the ball under his arm and back himself against opposition, he will be a key element again in 2015.

B. Norris – Experienced defender who perhaps shapes as a midfield option in 2015. Was consistent throughout the year without reaching the lofty heights he set in 2013. Returned to his very best on the biggest day of the year, the Grand Final, with a display that was close to best on ground and probably his best ever for the club. Blanketing his opponent all day and winning 20 plus possessions, most of which were contested, heralded his great value to the side on its most important occasion. More than any other earned his medal, after being the last player cut in the 2012 premiership win, he stands as an example to others of how to respond to disappointment. Is fearless in his attack on the ball and has the ability to influence the outcome with his attacking style of play. Exceptional distributor by foot and a ferocious competitor who shapes as a key element in the side in 2015, if we are to challenge again.

J. Norris – “Burra’s” season was interrupted by a six week hiatus. His season was played out in two parts. Early on he was solid without displaying the exceptional form he had displayed in 2012 and 2013. Upon his return to the club he was fitter, faster and back to the Burra we all knew. The sides best in and under midfielder who was also used forward and proved himself a more than reliable goal scorer. Quick across the ground and along with Marc Wyss, the best user of the footy in the league. Easily the best clearance player in the league, he is equally adept when in space. Reads the ball off hands better than anyone else in the competition and once again proved himself Manchester’s ultimate big game player with two exceptional performances in the finals. Potentially unavailable in 2015, if that is the case he leaves the club a duel premiership player and irreplaceable member of the side.

T. Stack – Hindered by injuries early in the season “Irish” began to find confidence and form in the latter part of 2014. A very good user of the ball who reads the play well. Can play in the midfield or as a defender with equal effectiveness. With the departures of key players in 2015, Irish shapes as one player in particular who will be handed far greater responsibilities in the new season. An injury free preparation should see him deliver on the ability we all know he possesses. Another one to watch in 2015.

T. Gower – A newcomer to the club and sport in 2014 who amazed everyone involved with his exceptional development throughout the season. Probably the clubs most underrated player by opponents but not by those within. A superb tackler, hard running, and excellent user of the ball whose grasp of the games basic skills was probably the best we have seen from a new player. Developed the ability to take intercepting marks early on, such was his ability to read the play. Had an exceptional finals series showing composure under pressure, he became one of our first go to players for specific tasks during that time. Is highly competent as a half back but looms as an enticing midfield prospect in 2015.

S. Kilheeney – More than any other, “Spike” is the lifeblood of the club. Invariably when he plays well the side plays well. A player whose position in the side was under pressure at the start of the year, Spike responded by elevating himself to elite player status within the league. Formally used primarily as a forward, Spike relished the opportunity when moved into the midfield rotations. His hard running, contested ball winning ability and accurate distribution under pressure were traits that we had not seen consistently from Spike in the past. Had his best game ever for the Mozzies in the top of the table clash against Huddersfield in round 8 with a best on ground display that matched that of any of his team mate’s performances throughout the season. Still has plenty to offer if he plays on, but if he chooses to call it a day does so in the knowledge that he is a duel premiership player and a highly influential one at that.

B. Sweetman – More than any other “Sweets” rose to the occasion in 2014. Elevated to the captaincy he grew into the role more comfortably as time went on and responded with several superb performances to set the season alight. The competitions best tap ruckman who’s running power and speed across the ground makes him highly difficult to contain. Impacted the scoreboard as a forward and was also used on occasion in the backline making him the side’s most versatile key position player. Genuinely hard at the ball, highly skilled with the ability to use both feet when distributing, Sweets controlled the tempo and set up of play from the stoppages throughout the year. Stepped up when his side needed him most in the Grand Final with an exceptional rucking performance in energy sapping conditions. His second outstanding Grand Final in as many starts for the club.

A. Salama – Big Sal arrived at the club in time for round four and set the scene first up with a ten goal haul to start his year. From that point on he became the team’s focal point and the most feared attacking option in the league. A superb mark and even better kick, Sal was never beaten and deservedly took out the league leading goal kicker award. A facet of Sal’s play that often gets overlooked, but one that should be acknowledged by all concerned, is his ability to bring others into the game through the contests that he creates. His second efforts are as good as anyone’s in the league and an interesting stat would be the number of goals he created through hand offs when the ball hit the ground. A highly popular player amongst his team mates and a genuinely humble bloke who always acknowledges the efforts of team mates further up the ground, Sal’s influence on the premiership win cannot be over stated. Kept us in it in the first half with four critical goals giving his side the impetus to surge in the second half. A reserved but natural leader on the field, Sal will again be the premier forward in the league in 2015 and one who has a huge influence on the side’s fortunes.

A. Hosking – Without question Andy was the most improved player at the club, and probably in the league, in the first half of the season. Coming into the season on the back of an excellent 2013 Movember Cup and pre-season, Andy was amongst the fittest players in the side. Developed into an excellent tap ruckman who also won his share of contested ball. Was brave in his use of the footy, often backing himself in situations others would have panicked in. A fantastic contested mark, both forward and around the ground, Andy sadly broke his hand early in round 8. He bravely played on, having an important influence around the ground and on the outcome, the injury however put paid to his finals campaign. Would have been in the sides best 16 on Grand Final day had he been available, can rest assured his efforts earlier in the year helped us get there in the first place. Departs the club after three seasons, there are few better and more committed Mozzies club people, than Andy.

A. Singh – The “Dipper”. There are no more committed and dedicated Mozzies than the Dipper. In his second season Dipper faced serious competition from new arrivals for a spot in the side. Such were his fitness and skill improvements that he was one of only two players to be selected in every game throughout the round robin season. Missed out in the semi final, but returned to the side for the Grand Final, claiming a well deserved premiership medallion in the process. Dipper is recognised as one of the side’s best defensive players who has enormous upside given his relative inexperience. First and foremost a team player who never puts his own interests ahead of the side. Dipper will be required to step it up again in 2015 as he shapes as one of several who will be asked to fill new roles in order to cover the losses of departing players. Deceptively quick and a much improved user of the ball, Dipper needs only to believe in himself as much as his team mates believe in him, to take the next step.

B. Hailes – “Crouchy” alas “ The Pest” was another player who showed exceptional improvement this year. His understanding of the sport, his role on the field and distribution skills were far more advanced than he had previously displayed. Showed as much commitment as anyone in his preparations and training efforts in all weather conditions. Announced himself in the pre-season as a rucking option with a point of difference, displaying a spring that few could match. Brody had the propensity to play every minute with a smile on his face and although lightly framed acquitted himself well in the physical contact that occurred in all rucking duels. Another unique and popular character within the club who will be missed if he departs.

R. Clarke – Big things were expected of Clarkey after a very good 2013. Tried in a new role early in the season, his confidence appeared to decline until he was settled into a set role in the second half of the year. Quick across the ground and a very good user of the ball, Clarkey faced as much pressure as anyone to hold his position given the new arrivals and advancement of others. Round 8, which at that time was the pivotal game of the year, saw Clarkey cement his spot in the side with a composed and influential performance in the second half playing as a midfielder / forward. From that point Clarkey’s endeavour and performances could not be faltered, deservedly earning himself a second premiership medallion with the club. A highly capable player, who like others, needs only to believe in himself, to take the next step.

R. Cox – Russell was another newcomer to the side this year who took his opportunities with both hands when they arose as the season progressed. Didn’t come with a great amount of footy experience but was probably one of the few players to look and play in a composed manner during the round 3 draw with Wolves, particularly late in the game when we were under the pump. Settled as a forward option but in the game against Wolves showed enough in the backline to suggest he can be utilised there as well.. Displayed enough throughout the year to suggest that his opportunities next season will be greater again

L. Paech – Liam joined the club this season and immediately made an impact with his “head over the ball” style. Not afraid to get involved in the physical contest and when in space shows plenty of ability to deliver the ball accurately to team mates up the field. Another player who did not come with a huge amount of experience but again, one who should he still be around next year, shapes as an interesting prospect who could add a lot of depth to the side.

A. Gillan – Rhino is one of those rare types that can simply flick a switch and suddenly have an impact on the scoreboard and opposition with his attack on the ball. Was much improved in front of goal this year, scoring majors in every game that he played in. Is an excellent contested possession winner when he backs himself, greater self belief is the key to Rhino’s improvement. Has taken some of the best contested marks in the side in his two years in the sport and appeals as a tagging in and under type of midfielder if he can raise his fitness levels. The gap between Rhino’s best and worst needs to become less if he is to reach the potential of which he is clearly capable. This will be easily attained as his running power improves with some off season work.

M. Wyss – One of the biggest disappointments this year was Marco’s cursed run of injuries, not just for his match winning abilities but for the opportunity lost by some of his less experienced team mates to witness him in full flight. In a half of football way back in round 1, he tore Birmingham apart with his aerial abilities and run through the midfield. Delivers the ball with absolute precision and is close to the best player I have played alongside when it comes to gathering the ball on the run and hitting a target a few steps later. Marco returned in round 10 and kicked 4 goals but a recurrence of his knee problem from round 1 put an end to his season. Departs the club this year having missed out on playing in a winning grand final, but his influence off the field during his injury spell via observations, advice and assistant coaching went a long way to helping us achieve a premiership.

S. Tomizzi – As the season progressed “Simmo” became our X – Factor. He was a key player we turned to, generally in the second half of games where his explosive speed and exceptional skills under pressure would expose fatiguing opposition. There were several key moments in big games where Simmo stood out from the pack, Nottingham in rd 4, Sheffield in rd 5 and Birmingham in rd 7 were his most influential performances with his Birmingham game performance being pivotal in the outcome to our season. A loss in that game would have meant an away final, but when that game was on the line several bursts of speed from Simmo with the ball resulting in goals up the field, set us up for a come from behind win and eventually a home final. With the departures of several experienced Australians, Simmo shapes as the key Australian on the list in 2015 if the club is to challenge for back to back flags.

A. Laurie – Another one of our new breed who picked up a footy for the first time ever this season. “Truck” settled into a defensive role early on and showed an outstanding commitment to building his fitness, skill level and understanding of the sport throughout the year. Truck’s efforts all season could not be faltered. His kicking skills improved rapidly as the season went on as did his confidence. His opportunities at times were limited on account of the depth at the club, but never once did he waiver from supporting the guys on the field or committing himself on the training track. Had he been here just a season earlier he most likely would have found himself playing a great deal more, but 2014 was a rare season for the quality of new players arriving. Departs the club for life in Melbourne where his passion for the sport is sure to be entertained even more.

P. Cunningham – A premiership ruckman from 2012, the “Doc” was largely unavailable this season due to work commitments. Played in round 2 vs Sheffield and was quick to have an impact around the ground with his contested ruckwork. A fantastic clubman and a valuable player, he is an unknown with regards to his availability for 2015. Would provide excellent ruck depth if he is able to play again.

A. Robinson – “Robbo” was unavailable to play this season on account of other commitments but displayed plenty on the training track and in the pre-season to suggest that if he can become available in 2015 he will be a most influential player for the club. Quick across the ground, he possesses an excellent left foot when delivering the ball on the run. Capable of playing in just about any position, Robbo would be huge addition to the side and one who could make the difference, if he is able to play next season.

C. Griffin – Having trained with club for two seasons now Charlie is most definitely ready to hit the ground running in 2015, having indicated his intentions to play the full season. In practice matches Charlie had no issues gathering possessions and winning physical contests such is his toughness in the clinches. Has a booming kick and is a player the club has genuinely high hopes and expectations for next year.

M. Kilheeney – “Killa” endured a tough season that was never able to get going due to a serious back injury but does appear to be well on the way back. A return to something near his best from 2012 would make him the recruit of the year in 2015. Killa’s value on the sidelines this year could not be overstated. His knowledge of opposition players and tactics was pivotal in our preparations, but with all due respect to the big fella, his greatest value to the side will be displayed on the park next year. Slots perfectly into the role left by Matty Wielgosz this season and may well be an even better player for his experience on the sidelines this year.

J. Gurry – Jordy has been an integral part of the clubs coaching group for at least three seasons now. Outside the club his role is not often acknowledged or recognised, but within the coaching group he is an indispensible element. On match days it is Jordy who calls the shots and makes the positional moves. Those that played in the 2012 Grand Final would have noticed the difference on the bench between this year’s penultimate game and last years, such was his control of the rotations and ability to read the state of play when making moves. Something we didn’t have in the corresponding game of 2012 as Jordy was absent. The premiership win owes as much to him, if not more, than anyone else.



The Nathan Blakey Movember Cup- Sunday 1st December 2013

Mo Cup 2013

The Mosquitoes hosted our third annual Nathan Blakey Movember Cup on Sunday 1st December, on what was a much warmer day than previous years!

Being one day after the official end of the month formerly known as November meant that many players were sporting some excellent upper lip facial hair in the fundraising effort for the men’s health charity, which is growing year by year (pun actually intended.)

The day was a great showcase for Aussie Rules in our region, with all 6 competing teams consisting of players from the Central and Northern England league, and for the first time the University of Birmingham Sharks fielded a side. The tournament may have been a friendly, off-season charity event, but the level of footy was superb for the time of year, with many teams able to field new players who were hard at the ball from the first bounce. This included 4 blokes playing their first matches for the Mozzies- Sean Gore, Steve O’Callaghan, Brody Hailes, and Pete Hampson. Special mention to Sean for kicking the first goal of the tournament with his first ever kick in a game! The Mozzies won their first match against Birmingham Bears but lost out to Huddersfield Rams as they booked their place in the final.

As for the final, the Huddersfield Rams were up against the Birmingham Sharks university side for their third match each, consisting of two 20-minute halves under the floodlights of the 3G astro-turf pitch.  The pitch proved popular all day as it produced a faster surface and predictable ball bounces during the muddier time of the year for the grass pitch. The more familiar Rams had brought a strong squad who were clearly there to play some competitive footy, against a relatively unknown Sharks side who looked strong and professional from the start of the tournament. The Rams repeated some classy work which saw them defeat their Manchester hosts in their previous match and claim the final spot, with some strong forward movement and typically effective disposals under pressure. The final score was Rams 10.6.66 – 4.6.30 Sharks.


Scores round-up

Group A

Mozzies 10.9.69 –  3.5.23 Bears

Rams 13.17.95 – 1.3.9 Bears

Rams 13.10.88 –5.3.33 Mozzies

Group B

Sharks 14.14.98 – 1.4.10 Tyne Tees

Thunderwolves 12.15.87 – 1.1.7 Tyne Tees

Sharks 9.6.60 – 3.6.24 Thunderwolves


Rams 10.6.66 – 4.6.30 Sharks


The BBQ ran from start to finish, keeping players and supporters well fed between their group rounds. The proceeds from player entry fees, and the raffle and BBQ means that we are able to donate a huge £482 to Movember from the Cup event alone, along with additional sponsorship for the individual team members which is yet to be finalised, but we can confirm the total donation will be in excess of £1000! To see the details of our team page and learn more about the great work Movember is all about, check out the website at http://uk.movember.com/team/1088353  

Huge thanks to our hosts and partners Burnage Rugby Club for their support of our Movember fundraising efforts, to our major sponsor Tradewind Recruitment Ltd., the guys who kindly offered to umpire all day, and to all the Mozzie crew who helped run the BBQ, raffle, and tournament organisation.


For 2013 Match Reports, click here!


Manchester Win 2012 Grand Final

A warm and sunny West-Yorkshire day greeted the players and supporters of the Central and Northern England League on Saturday 11th August. In the curtain raiser starting at midday the AFL CNE Demons defeated Huddersfield 99 to 68.

The hot weather was still sticking around at 2pm for the ball-up of the Grand Final between Nottingham and Manchester. The Mosquitoes came into the game as warm favourites due to an unbeaten season and having the wood over the Scorpions in the two games they had played previously during the year.

From the moment the ball was bounced the game was played at breakneck speed. Nottingham had two quick goals through Sam Wood and Rich Lucas before Manchester even looked like touching the ball. Against the flow of play Mike Kilheeney opened Manchester’s account with a clever snap. From there the game settled into a rhythm with both teams creating good scoring opportunities and keeping the match free-flowing. At quarter time Nottingham held a deserved 6 point lead.

The second quarter continued in the same vein with a lot of accurate passing and end-to-end plays causing nightmares for the defenders on both teams. Again though Nottingham took the initiative early with some good ruckwork from Andy Batchelor setting up Liam Oakey for a couple of centre breaks which let to two quick goals. Manchester replied with two goals from Matt Wielgosz to keep them in touch.

Again though it was Nottingham with the answers. Centre half back Andy Kraefft managed to stream forward twice in five minutes to extend the Scorpions’ lead to 18 points. With five minutes left to go in the quarter a late hit on Mozzies forward Tazz McAlister saw a Nottingham player sent off for the rest of the half. Manchester used the advantage well by kicking two late goals. At half time Nottingham had maintained their 6-point lead – 9.3 57 to 8.3 53. The second quarter saw each club kick 5 straight goals which was testament to the high quality of play.

With many expecting Manchester to win fairly comfortably the large crowd at Huddersfield were buzzing with excitement at the start of the second half. The third quarter has always been called the ‘Premiership Quarter’ as it’s where games are won and lost. Unusually though both teams stayed neck and neck and neither team pulled away with both teams trading goals for the quarter. Manchester changed to a ruck combination of McAlister and Pete Cunningham which allowed Ben Radloff to play tight on Kraeftt who was the dominant player on the ground in the first half. Going into the last change Manchester hit the lead for the first time and held a 2 point break.

The atmosphere at Lockwood Park was electric at the start of the final quarter. The first five minutes saw a lot hard work for both teams amount to not much on the scoreboard. An early goal to Wielgosz then a long set shot from Daff gave Manchester some breathing space. Nottingham attacked again but could only manage a couple of behinds for their efforts. From there on the Mosquitoes took control of the game. The Manchester defence repelled all of the Scorpion attacking plays and some fresh legs from the bench for the Mozzies enabled them to take control through the middle. Manchester had the ball up forward for the final 10 minutes but had trouble converting their dominance into goals. Eventually they kicked two late goals to put the results beyond doubt and the premiership was theirs. The final score ended up 17.11 113 to 13.6 84. Despite the final margin the game was a very tight contest. Both teams played a strong attacking brand of football with fast ball movement mixed with proper physicality.

For Nottingham Ash Swift led the way all day with a brilliant performance through the midfield, Andy Kraefft was dominant as per usual with some strong contested marks, Rich Lucas and Sam Wood kept the Mozzie defence at arms length all day, while Keith Farr was cool under pressure as usual down back.

For Manchester Ben Radloff showed why he’ll be missed next year with a great blanketing job in the second half on Kraefft. Despite not being particularly prominent during the game Matt Wielgosz somehow ended up with 11 goals. Matt Kilheeney capped off a superb season by racking up a load of possessions through the midfield.

Thanks to both teams for putting on such a great show on the day in what has been the best season of the league so far. Thanks also to Huddersfield for hosting the day. Lockwood Park is one of the most picturesque grounds there is and it made a perfect backdrop for the day.

Thanks also to the supporters of the clubs. The wives, girlfriends, family and friends who come along every week are vital to the success of the league and their support is greatly appreciated.

Click here to see shots from the day.

Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 Final
Manchester 3 3 8 3 13 6 17 11 113
Nottingham 4 3 9 3 13 4 13 6 84
Manchester Wielgosz 11, Daff 3, McAlister 2, Mike Kilheeney 1
Nottingham Wood, Lucas 3, Carey, Kraefft 2, A Swift, Goliah, Oakey 1
Manchester Radloff, Daff, Wielgosz, Matt Kilheeney, Hocking
Nottingham Kraefft, A Swift, Oakey, Wood, Neicho
Venue Huddersfield Date 11th August 2012